Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Derek finally got off the nose tube. He also tried, and tolerated, some basic food. We went to the hospital cafeteria balcony, sat in the sun, and Derek had a little of the scone Hilkka had picked up. He said it tasted heavenly, he was ready to cry. Somewhat later, he also had a little bit of ice cream, and later still a cup of vegetable broth. He is still on the intravenous feeding. He felt best about having the nose tube removed, and it also cheered him up to be able to go for some oral food. Another thing he felt good about was that the removal of the nose tube allowed him to wash his face properly, and he "bathed" his nose for about ten minutes. He called that another "heavenly" experience. Oh, the little things in life.... Tomorrow, he expects to "eat" some more "easy" food (clear liquids). Hilkka intends to make him some chicken broth - without the chicken and the noodles.

Airdrie, Marina and Lauren visited at suppertime. They had been to Playland, and had a lot of stories to tell. It's funny how sunny weather cheers everybody up.


Laurence said...

Great news !

Home made chicken broth must be better than the one from the hospital...

JH is doing great too. He is off ALL the tubes now, and he can dress properly, take a shower (that's great) and feels himself.

They removed half of the stitches - the other half will be tomorrow. And friday - home ! At last !

We are moving straight away to the country, for a nice and well-earned rest - at my parent's place. I am so happy to pack !

The children are coming back tomorrow (Sibylle) and friday (Olivier and Hélène). So everything happens at once, and the family is going to be reunited. We are going to through a very quiet family party for the girl's birthday this week-end - they turned 11 and 14 during summer camp. Birthday cake, presents, grandparents, cousins, family... that's all I long for. Simple things indeed, but so worthy !

Tania said...

I am so happy for both Derek and JH. The very little experience I had with not being sble to shower after surgery lets me relate a bit.
Good luck and hopefully we'll see more progress as time goes on.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news.Thanks,Karl.
I can see that chicken broth graduating into 'meat,potato and two veg.' before long.
Our best to Derek and to J.H. too.

Christa Giles said...

Hooray for icecream and home baking :) Nose tubes don't sound like much fun, happy that he's past that point now!

Anonymous said...

Great news! Thank you for the ongoing updates.